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9 Weird Ways Kids Can Get Hurt.

There's no shortage of strange ways a child can get hurt. Parents can diligently childproof their home, always buckle youngsters into car seats and never leave children alone in the tub, yet, kids will somehow find unexpected ways to injure themselves.Parental supervision is often not sufficient to prevent injuries in kids, Smith said, because it's not humanly possible for parents to be there 100 percent of the time. "There are going to be lapses of supervision," he said.Here are nine ways that children may hurt themselves, including threats that some safety-conscious parents may never have imagined could be dangerous.

1.Bouncy houses

The number of children getting hurt on inflatable bouncy houses is rising steadily. "We're not saying children shouldn't use them, because we want kids to have an active lifestyle," Smith explained. However, adult supervision is needed to minimize collisions and discourage high-risk moves, such as flips, Smith said. He also suggested making sure that children using the bouncy house at the same time be a similar age and weight.

2.Button batteries

Small, round and shiny, button batteries can easily catch the eye of a curious child. Instances of little kids accidentally swallowing higher-voltage lithium batteries have also become more frequent."[The battery] can lodge in the esophagus, where it can burn a hole in less than two hours," Smith said.To prevent these incidents from occurring, parents can tape the battery compartments of household items shut and store extra batteries out of youngsters’ reach.

3.Car-seat dermatitis

Little ones can get big, itchy rashes, including a newly recognized type known as car-seat dermatitis.The condition typically results from hot temperatures, sweaty surfaces, and a shiny, nylon-like car-seat material coming in contact with a baby's skin. More commonly seen in late spring through early fall, this red rash usually flares up on exposed skin on the back of infants’ legs, elbows and scalp.Dermatologists are still unsure of its exact cause, but they suspect the skin irritation may be triggered by an allergy to a foam used in nylon-lined car seats, or a reaction to a flame retardant used by manufacturers to prevent mold. The rash often can be avoided by placing a barrier, such as cotton padding or a soft sheet, as a liner between the child's skin and the seat's nylon surface.

just4.Hair-thread tourniquet syndrome

Parents love to play counting games on babies' teeny fingers and toes. But if a strand of hair or piece of thread unexpectedly gets wrapped around a baby's delicate digits, it can cut off circulation to the area."I've seen scores of children with this condition, but most parents have never heard of it," Smith said. It may be hard for parents to spot a single hair or thin fiber tightly coiled around a child's finger, toe or boy's penis, the three places where hair-thread tourniquet syndrome is most likely to occur. Instead, parents may notice a swollen toe turning purple and their infant crying inconsolably in pain.Treatment involves removing the strand to prevent permanent tissue damage.

5.Laundry-detergent pods

Safety experts warn that young children are confusing brightly colored, spiral-patterned laundry-detergent pods for candy and swallowing them."It's a major poisoning issue," said Smith, who has seen kids go into a coma after mistaking the small, shiny pods for a sweet treat.The most common symptoms seen when kids ingest the pods include vomiting, coughing, choking and drowsiness.

6.Magnets

Magnets have long been a choking hazard to children.Its said a newer concern involves high-powered, rare-earth magnets, which pose a special risk to kids. magnets can be accidentally swallowed by children or teens while playing with them or pretending they are tongue or lip piercings.Swallowing two or more of them is dangerous because the magnets can attract each other while within the intestines, causing obstructions, tissue damage and even death.

7.Playground slides

It may seem safe for a toddler to sit on an adult’s lap while going down a slide. But parents sliding down with children may do more harm than good. In fact, doing so can increase a child’s chances of winding up in the emergency room with a broken leg, doctors say. When coasting down on a parent's lap, a child's rubber-soled shoe might get caught on the sides of a curvy slide or on its plastic surface, making it hard to free the foot because of the extra momentum from an adult's weight. Parents could also fall on top of a small child after sliding down.It's recommended that parents who accompany toddlers on a slide be the only ones to place their legs in contact with the slide. In other words, the child should rest entirely in the adult's lap.

8.Shopping carts

Junk food may not be the only danger lurking in the grocery aisle: The American Academy of Pediatrics reports that shopping-cart injuries send more than 23,000 children a year to the emergency room.Shopping-cart injuries usually result from falls to hard surfaces, or when a cart flips over, causing head and neck injuries, or broken bones.

9.TVs and furniture

Young children climb onto dressers, bookcases or storage cabinets in an attempt to reach a toy or TV set, sometimes, with fatal results. These heavy items can topple over, fall onto a child and pin someone underneath, injuring, or even killing, a youngster.The study also estimated that more than 25,000 children are hurt every year from these tip-overs.

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